Thyroid and Parathyroid Center

OHSU Thyroid & Parathyroid Center

thyroidThe OHSU Thyroid and Parathyroid Center is designed to provide comprehensive, streamlined care for patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases involving both medical and surgical approaches. The multi-disciplinary clinic is staffed by endocrine surgeons from the OHSU Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and by OHSU endocrinologists.



Thyroid nodules
Hyperthyroidism (Graves' disease, toxic goiter)
Thyroid cancer
Parathyroid tumors
Parathyroid cancer
Hereditary endocrine diseases (Multiple endocrine neoplasia)
Cowden Syndrome
Genomic testing using molecular markers for personalized medicine


Management of patients with these disorders is complemented by the members of other specialties, such as Endocrinology, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Medical Oncology, Pathology, and Radiation Oncology. 

About Our Surgeons

Our surgeons are highly experienced endocrine surgeons. Dr Maisie Shindo is the director of the OHSU Thyroid & Parathyroid Center. She has been performing primarily endocrine surgery since 1991, and has dedicated her career to the surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid diseases. Dr. Shindo has done well over 4,000 thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, and is nationally respected as one of the top endocrine surgeons in the United States. Our surgeons at the Center also specialize in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. What this means for the patients is less scarring, often avoiding general anesthesia, and having a faster recovery time.

Dr. Mira Milas is also a highly experienced endocrine surgeon who has dedicate her career to management of thyroid and parathyroid glands. Dr Neil Gross provides OHSU patients with a special kind of surgery for the head and neck regions, using robotic instruments, called TORS, allowing for head and neck cancers to be performed through the mouth with minimal neck scarring. This technique has also been applied to removing thyroid glands through an incision under the axilla (arm pit).  Dr Gross says this about the benefits of the robotic thyroid surgery:

"Traditional thyroid surgery leaves a scar in the neck. This is undesirable to many patients, particularly young women who are most likely to develop thyroid disease requiring surgery. In fact, transaxillary robotic-assisted thyroid surgery was pioneered in parts of Asia where neck scarring can jeopardize a women's chance of marriage. It has only recently been approved in the United States after sufficient safety data was generated. There are very few, high-volume thyroid surgery centers in the country to offer transaxillary robotic-assisted thyroid surgery at this time. I am honored to be the first to bring this leading technology to patients in the Pacific Northwest. While the benefits of the procedure are currently limited to cosmesis, I am confident that advances in instrumentation will translate to improved outcomes as well. I am very excited to be a part of continuing to bring cutting-edge care to thyroid and parathyroid patients in Oregon and beyond"

Other Multidisciplinary Team Members

Patients who are seen at the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center benefit from the expertise of other physicians at the Oregon Health and Science University. Our surgeons work very closely with doctors from the OHSU Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Dana Madison, Dr. Mary H Samuels, and Dr. Kathryn G Schuff, who oversee the care of our patients with disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid.

Matthew H. Taylor, MD is a medical oncologist who dedicates his clinical practice and research to treatment of advanced thyroid cancer.  Our Genetics experts, Jone Sampson MD and Kelly Hamman MS, CGC, evaluate individuals with hereditary cancers/syndromes that also involves thyroid and parathyroid tumors, such as multiple endocrine neoplasia, Cowden disease, etc.  Our pathologists are highly experienced and experts in thyroid and parathyroid diseases. In addition we offer personalized treatment based on genomic testing using tumor molecular markers.  This includes analysis of molecular markers on thyroid needle biopsy to assess specific cancer risk in individual tumors, which can potentially can avoid surgery for some patients. Our ultrasonographers and surgeons are highly experienced in ultrasound for thyroid and parathyroid disease and can perform ultrasound guided needle biopsies (FNA).  In the department of radiology, there are also experts in reading CT scans, MRIs, PET scans and other nuclear medicine studies.  The Center also has an integrated approach to administration of radioactive iodine for thyroid cancer.  We also work very closely the NW Clinic for Voice and Swallowing.   




Christy Marchant, RN
Ondrea Pritchett, RN


Angela Alway - Clinic Scheduler
Stephanie Bunke - Surgery Scheduler

Hyperparathyroidism: It's Not All in Your Head

Video: Maisie Shindo, MD speaks at a recent OHSU health expert seminar



How to Make an Appointment

Please contact our office regarding scheduling appointments. Prior to scheduling an appointment, our providers often need to review chart notes related to the reason you want to be seen in order to coordinate any additional tests they may need in order to make the most of your visit.  In some cases, we will require a referral from your primary care physician.  We would be happy to discuss this with you to ensure we have all we need to expedite the scheduling process.  Please contact us by phone or email to begin the process.

Phone: Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery Center  503 494-2544


For information about appointments with our thyroid/parathyroid center, please call 503 494-2544

Helpful Links

TORS and Thyroid